Chickens finally started squatting...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by operationindigo, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. operationindigo

    operationindigo In the Brooder

    Sep 26, 2013
    My chickens are 6.25 months old. One is a barred rock and the other is a brown leghorn. A few days ago I noticed the brown leghorn squatting for me when I went out to the run. Then today while feeding I noticed the barred rock was squatting. I put out some oyster shell for them tonight to help them out a bit. When do you think they'll lay? I don't use any artificial light and I live down in FL - so it's pretty warm here.

  2. jujub41482

    jujub41482 Chirping

    Jun 29, 2013
    My Coop
    My Barred Rock started squatting for me about 2 weeks ago and laid her first egg today. On the other hand, my RIR started laying about a month before she would squat for me! So I don't know if there's a general "rule" about how long after they start squatting that they will lay an egg. I wonder if it differs from breed to breed?
  3. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Songster

    Sep 28, 2013
    I do not think it has to do with laying.
    Squatting means that the chicken thinks you are a rooster coming to fertilize her.

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